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Meet Sherman Oaks Designer: Yanni Stathopoulos

Today we’d like to introduce you to Yanni Stathopoulos.

Yanni, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born and raised in Athens Greece. My obsession for digital art began back in 1987 when I was 10 and started playing my first video games on an Amstrad CPC 6128 and Arcade games. As a kid, I was fascinated by those 8-bit graphics and I was always curious about how they were created. When the time came to choose a path at school for my future career I had no doubts and studied 3D animation and digital design. My love for design and 3D animation grew ever since.

When I graduated, I wanted to work as a 3D artist but unfortunately, that was not was possible in Greece. It was not a developing field, and demand was non-existent. First, I worked as a designer for an agency, doing various projects, both print and digital. Five years later I was hired as an art director for an Astrology magazine, and also worked for a famous political newspaper.

It is in 2007 that my life took an unexpected turn. I met the woman who is now my wife, and the mother of our 3-year-old son. She was studying in Athens for the summer and was from Cali. You can guess the rest of the story! I ended up moving here and have now been in L.A for 6 years. I work as a designer for Mirum, one of the biggest ad agency in the world.

Has it been a smooth road?
I was lucky to start off my career with a talented team which taught me a lot and inspired me. As a result, I was pretty successful early on. Things did change a bit when I moved to the U.S. I had to adapt to a new culture and get used to speaking English on a daily basis. My previous experience was foreign to all and I had to prove myself as an artist all over again.

It was an exciting yet challenging time. Six years later, I am proud of where I am and where I am going. Working for world known brands is an invaluable experience in my field, but I also built a permanent clientele for various freelance projects.

Is there some part of you work that is particularly difficult?
Definitely schedules. Meeting deadlines for various projects without sacrificing quality and keeping a healthy work-life balance is the biggest challenge.

Also, L.A is a city with a lot of talented people, you constantly have to explore, improve and educate yourself in order to stand out, in other words, no time for rest.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is when you do something you love and make a living out of it. It’s when you hear a client say “I love it”. Simply put, it’s waking up in the morning and be excited to go to work.

So, what should we be on the lookout for, what’s next in store for you?
For now, my main focus is continuing to get experienced with big brands while working at Mirum and studying how today’s modern shopper thinks and interacts within the digital world. In the future, I would be interested in working either in the gaming or entertainment industry.

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